Handle construction for golf ball retriever

  • US 7,073,228 B2
  • Filed: 10/09/2003
  • Issued: 07/11/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/10/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A telescoping handle comprising a plurality of telescoping hollow tubes characterized by relative sliding stiffness between each of the tubes and having a similar resistance to rotation, the handle comprising a holding mechanism comprising a one piece partial sleeve sized to fit snugly about a respective one of the telescoping tubes, the sleeve having a crimped portion extending radially inward over an axial extent of the sleeve intermediate opposite circumferential ends thereof, the one of the tubes having an axially extending first slot adjacent a first end thereof, the first slot having axial and circumferential dimensions corresponding to the crimped portion of the sleeve for receiving the crimped portion when the sleeve is positioned on the one of the tubes;

  • another of the telescoping tubes positioned in sliding engagement over the one of the tubes and having one end terminating in a necked down portion having an inner diameter larger than an outer diameter of the one of the tubes and smaller than a diameter of the sleeve when the sleeve is positioned on the one of the tubes whereby the one end of the another one of the tubes cannot pass over the sleeve on the one of the tubes; and

    a plurality of stiffeners having an outside diameter sized to fit snugly within an inside diameter of an associated tube, each stiffener positioned in an end of the associated tube remaining within an adjacent larger diameter tube when in an extended state and having an axial length at least as long as an overlap length of the associated tube and the adjacent larger diameter tube when in the extended state.

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